I hope you are all having a wonderful and joyous end of 2014! Now that the gift giving portion of the holidays is winding down, I thought I would take a moment to share a few of the gifts I created for family members this year.
I love these tote bags! I originally created the pattern for these a few years ago when I was teaching a class to college students involving beginning sewing techniques. I have done some revisions, and I will offer a series of tutorials for developing your own version of this bag in January. We will start with drafting your own pattern, and move through the entire construction process. I hope some of you may want to join in the fun!
I posted about these cord/coin pouches last week, but I love to see all six lined up and ready for my older nieces, nephews, and their significant others!
I gave my parents a joint gift, but I rounded it out with these potholders for my Mom. They are improvisationally pieced and quilted, so each one is unique. I quilted them with Insul-Bright and a layer of cotton batting, and chose fabrics that won’t stain very easily, so I hope she will be able to use them for years to come.
In retirement, my Dad has taken on a lot of the grocery shopping, and he is really good about taking reusable bags with him to the store. Some of the store bags have seen better days, so I made a new one using the tote bag pattern I used for my sister’s gifts. I used a double layer of denim for this bag and omitted the exterior pockets. It seems really sturdy. If this works well, I’ll have to make a few more!
I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to a fabulous 2015!
I am linking this post to Santa’s Sweatshop Linky Party at Porch Swing Quilts and TGIFF hosted this week by Sew Fresh Quilts. I hope you all take a few minutes to stop by and look at all of the lovely work being done!